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UNHCR praises Lebanese effort for Iraq

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.N. refugee agency hailed the decision of Lebanese officials to recognize thousands of Iraqis seeking refuge there.

Syria pledges support for Iraqi refugees

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Syrian officials signed a joint agreement with UNICEF to increase humanitarian and educational aid to Iraqi refugees.

UNHCR chief visits Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The U.N. refugee chief Monday promised to strengthen his mission in Iraq and made proposals to examine conditions to bring displaced Iraqis home.

U.S. offers $125M for Iraqi refugees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The United States answered pleas from the U.N. High Commissioner for donors to support Iraqi refugees by offering more than $125 million in aid.

Syria: Iraqi refugees can stay

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- President Bashar Assad promised that no Iraqi refugees will be forced out of Syria while their country remains unsafe, the U.N. refugee chief said Friday.

Syria praised for Iraq refugee aid

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees praised the efforts of Syria for providing basic humanitarian needs to Iraqi refugees.

Jordan says Iraqi refugees cost $2.2B

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Jordanian government said it would continue to support Iraqi refugees in Jordan despite them costing $2.2 billion over the past three years.

U.S. welcomes Congo's call for dialogue

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's call for a dialogue to resolve underlying conflicts in eastern Congo was welcomed, the U.S. State Department said Monday.

Iraq increases world's number of refugees

UNITED NATIONS, June 20 (UPI) -- The world's refugee population grew by 14 percent last year, largely due to people fleeing the war in Iraq, said a U.N. report released Wednesday.

U.N.: 4 million Iraq refugees are ignored

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations' top refugee official in Switzerland said 4 million Iraqi refugees are being "abandoned" by the international community.

U.S. to accept more Iraqi refugees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department says it hopes to take 7,000 Iraqi refugees into the United States over the course of the year.

Darfur crisis a regional 'earthquake'

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Sudan's war-torn Darfur region is the "epicenter of a major earthquake" that could devastate regional peace, a United Nations official said Saturday.

20 Sudanese die in Egyptian camp

CAIRO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A protest Friday in a migrant camp in Cairo, which Egyptian riot police tried to break up, resulted in the deaths of at least 20 Sudanese migrants.

U.N. notes Afghan election success

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council congratulated Afghanistan on the formal acceptance of election results that will seat a new parliament.

U.N. welcomes Romania refugee decision

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28 (UPI) -- The U.N. refugee agency said it was grateful to Romania for agreeing to temporarily house a group of Uzbek refugees until they can be permanently settled.
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LIS2001063001 - 30 JUNE 2001 - LISBON, PORTUGAL: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (R) shakes hands with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Perez (L) as Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres (2R) looks on prior to the meeting of the Socialist International in Lisbon, Portugal, June 30, 2001. Arafat and Perez are in Lisbon to attend the International Socialist Council that will discuss on Saturday the Middle East situation. rlw/apo/Arafat Press Office UPI
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António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, GCC (Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 30 April 1949) is a Portuguese politician, a former prime minister and President of the Socialist International. Currently he is the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

António Guterres was born and raised in Portugal's capital, Lisbon, son of Virgílio Dias Guterres (b. São José, Lisbon, 21 October 1913) and wife Ilda Cândida de Oliveira (b. Fundão, Donas, 12 February 1923). As a young child he already showed the abilities which would later garner him the award for Best High School Student for the year of 1965. He continued his studies at IST, where he pursued degrees in physics and electrical engineering. During his college years Guterres was never involved in the student opposition to the authoritarian regime of António de Oliveira Salazar and, from 1968, Marcelo Caetano. Instead, he dedicated himself to his studies and to meetings of the JUC (Catholic University Students Movement). In 1971 he graduated and started an academic career as Assistant Professor.

His political career started in 1972, when he joined the Socialist Party. On New Year's Eve that year, at Carnide, Lisbon, he married his first wife, Luísa Amélia Guimarães e Melo (b. Porto, 1 September 1946), by whom he had two children, Pedro Guimarães e Melo Guterres (b. 1977), married to Vanda Lobo and father of Maria Ana Lobo Guterres (b. Lisbon, 11 February 2009), and Mariana Guimarães e Melo de Oliveira Guterres (b. 1985). Shortly thereafter, he quit academic life and became a full-time politician. In the period following the Carnation Revolution of April 25, 1974, which put an end to Caetano's dictatorship, Guterres was closely involved in the organization of the Socialist Party, especially the Lisbon section. Guterres became one of the party leaders and held the following offices:

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